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LaHood Officially in the Driver's Seat

By Ed O'Keefe

Ray LaHood, with family and friends looking on, took the oath of office today at DOT headquarters. (Photo by Dept. of Transportation)

Who said Fridays aren't productive?

The Department of Transportation got a new boss today when former Illinois Republican Rep. Ray LaHood became the 16th secretary of transportation during a ceremony at DOT headquarters.

Linda Washington, DOT's assistant secretary for administration, administered the oath of office to LaHood in front of his wife Kathy, son Sam, home state Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and new staff members.

A ceremonial swearing-in ceremony will occur at a later date, according to DOT. LaHood, unanimously confirmed by the Senate Thursday night, is one of nine Obama cabinet secretaries confirmed thus far.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 23, 2009; 4:40 PM ET
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LaHood's a good man.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | January 23, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear that LaHood is a good man. Nonetheless, a fundamental embrace of mass transit is critical, and do we have any hope of a Republican getting us on a train?

Posted by: jeffreydj | January 23, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

How disappointing that the Obama admin is looking too much like a Republican admin. Americans didn't vote Republican, so why are we looking at all these Republicans in critical positions?

Posted by: pkbishop | January 24, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

He's being called a "rino" and traitor on republican blogs.
So that's a good thing for Obama and the country :)

Posted by: sgtpepper23 | January 26, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

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